Out of this world partying

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Out of this world partying

I love an excuse for a party and I can’t think of a better one than a celebration of humankind’s first climb out of the gravity well. That would be April 12, 1961, when Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space. The event is now celebrated throughout the world each year (on April 12th) with Yuri’s Night: World Space Party. Groovy, baby!

The goal is to throw at least 120 parties across the globe. Some 80 parties are already being planned. Check the site to see if there’s one in your area, and if not, there’s info on how you can host your own.

Yuri’s Night: World Space Party


Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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